How have your indie moviegoing habits been lately? Perhaps you’ve seen the red-hot indie Martha Marcy May Marlene, but you’re waiting for Melancholia to open theatrically in two weeks? Or maybe you’ve already caught Melancholia on demand, but Martha Marcy hasn’t expanded to your city yet? In either case, we’ve got good news for you: If you’ve seen one of those movies, you’ve kind of seen the other, too. Sure, Sean Durkin’s tiny-budgeted cult drama and Lars von Trier’s gorgeous, apocalyptic melodrama might initially appear to have little in common, but you’d be surprised how much they resemble each other underneath their hardscrabble and glossy surfaces, respectively. Here’s a chart breaking down their similarities, with some light spoilers.
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